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Soy un gato (I am a Cat #1-3)

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«Soy un gato, aunque todavía no tengo nombre». Así comienza la primera y más hilarante novela de Natsume Sōseki, una auténtica obra maestra de la literatura japonesa, que narra las aventuras de un desdeñoso felino que cohabita, de modo accidental, con un grupo de grotescos personajes, miembros todos ellos de la bienpensante clase media tokiota: el dispéptico profesor Kusha ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published February 3rd 2012 by Editorial Impedimenta (first published 1905)
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Michael Finocchiaro
One of my favourite books of all time, I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki is a comic masterpiece. Set in Tokyo before the WWI, the primary character is the author's cat who wanders around the neighbourhood picking up bits of conversation and making fun of its owner and his relationship with his wife and neighbours and students. Words escape me to describe how incredibly funny and perceptive this book it and what a pure pleasure it is to read. If you read one Soseki book besides Botchan, make it this o ...more
Nick
Jun 27, 2008 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a cat now for what seems like an eternity. If anyone asks you what it's like to be a cat, hand them a copy of the book and walk rapidly away. Reading the book has been a lot like having a cat as a pet -- occasionally delightful, sometimes insightful, and frequently annoying.

I Am a Cat was written by Japanese author Soseki Natsume at the end of the 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s. It's a gentle satire told from the point of view of a household cat in the home of a teacher of modes
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Kimley
Dec 28, 2007 Kimley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tosh
"I've had enough of being farted at by weasels and crippled with side-swipes from the fishmonger's pole"

I feel your pain Rickshaw Blacky. I feel your pain!

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This book is best read with a nice fat cat curled up in your lap purring away... while you are fidgeting, ever so slightly so as not to disturb the cat but attempting to figure out how to comfortably read since the cat is sleeping precisely where you would usually rest this nearly 500 page tome. The cat is sitting there thinki
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Valkyrie Vu
Cuối cùng cũng xong . Đây là cuốn ebook dài nhất mà mình từng đọc . Cuốn này phải đọc chậm , lâu lâu giở ra nhấm nháp vài chương thì thấy rất thú . Cứ đọc nhanh thì thấy chẳng ra sao vì cuốn này chẳng có diễn biến cao trào gì cả . Nói gọi lại , cuốn này là nhật ký của một con mèo nói nhảm về cuộc sống và những con người xung quanh nó .

Một con mèo nói nhảm mà cân nguyên quyển sách dài mấy trăm trang là điều vô cùng độc đáo trong văn học . Quan trọng là , con mèo này nó cực kỳ mất dạy . Nó khôn
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Carlos Bazzano
El libro trata de un gato sin nombre que nos relata, armado con gran sarcasmo y un aparente desprecio por la humanidad, su punto de vista respecto de la sociedad japonesa de la era Meiji en especial para con los intelectuales y la burguesía. He aquí uno de los mejores pasajes del libro:

"¿Por qué usan sólo dos piernas para caminar cuando resulta que tienen cuatro extremidades disponibles? ¡Qué enorme desperdicio de recursos naturales! Si utilizasen las cuatro patas podrían andar mucho más apris
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Hadrian
Feb 05, 2011 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read on the airplane.

A humorous and very feline book. One of the quirks of translation is that the word 'I' in the title refers to a word which in Japanese is reserved for nobility - such is the nature of cats.

It's long and meandering, a bit dull at times - but the tone is distinctive, and remains uniquely catlike. When you hear the word 'my master', you almost think as though he's laughing at it.

The ending is abrupt, but one might think that the author simply ran out of ideas, and ended it ther
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Yann
Jul 20, 2011 Yann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japon, fiction, humour


Humour, autodérision, satire et ouverture d'esprit.

J'aime beaucoup ce roman.
Sara
Nov 11, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cinque stelle perché nonostante non ci sia praticamente azione e l’intera vicenda abbia il setting di un unico quartiere, le quattrocento e passa pagine del romanzo scorrono via in maniera estremamente piacevole e divertente. C’è un’ironia che non credevo familiare alla letteratura orientale (di cui peraltro non ho mai letto niente, quindi era solo un pregiudizio) e un inaspettato ma continuo riferimento alla cultura occidentale: mi sono stupita di sentir parlare di greci, romani, inglesi da un ...more
Joni
May 11, 2011 Joni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Am a Cat is a long book full of wordplay, complicated farcical sequences, obscure cultural references, long philosophical digressions and obtuse allusions to Chinese literature. It reminds me in parts of P.G. Wodehouse, Monty Python, Studio Ghibli films and Roald Dahl. Our lovable narrator is an unnamed cat lounging around a Tokyo household in the early years of the 20th century. We learn a lot about feline behaviour but this is mostly a book about people; the cat is always listening, and judg ...more
thím Tô
Mặc dù mình rất thích mèo, mặc dù nhà nuôi rất nhiều mèo, mặc dù bản thân cũng biết là lũ mèo rất láo nhưng con mèo trong tp này đúng là ... quá thể mèo =))) Mình con mèo lảm nhảm cân nguyên cuốn sách :D Không biết nó nghĩ nó là ai nhưng trong mắt nó, loài người chả ra cái thá gì, vừa bất tài vừa thất đức @@
Láo quá, bố đời quá, không nhân văn tí nào. Nhưng bản dịch thì hết sức dễ thương, rất tự nhiên ^^
Cám ơn dịch giả ạ :) (mới nâng 1*)
Kate
5/5 stars | Favorite Standalones
Decided to bump this up because it's definitely a book that's stuck with me and has a firm place in my heart. Still deciding whether or not to deem it as an official fave or not though!

4/5stars

Now, that rating might seem a bit low considering how, if you've spoken to me or seen my videos, you know I was obsessed while reading this book. But I shall explain.

Let me begin with I LOVED the idea of this book. Anyone who knows me knows I ADORE cats - my cat Cody is the
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Simona
Oct 12, 2014 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cosa pensano i nostri amici animali? Quali sono i loro pensieri? Le loro emozioni? Cosa sognano? Molti si saranno posti questa domanda. Ebbene, la risposta la fornisce Soseki dando voce a un gatto. E' proprio attraverso la figura di questo gatto, che non ha un nome e che svolge il ruolo di narratore, ma anche di colui che vede e vive tutto in prima persona, che impariamo a conoscere il Giappone del XX secolo e i suoi abitanti. Il gatto filosofo, con le sue massime zen, ci invita alla scoperta de ...more
Rita
Sep 08, 2008 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I am a cat" is a "slow-reading" book. There's not much action in it and it's all about the cat's opinion on everything: especially people. It actually speaks, in a very particular way, of mediocrity. The cat describes the routine of its master, a japanese man that teaches english in 1904 Japan, and the way he deals with life. The descriptions are very rich and the references to other works are diverse and intriguing, compelling you to know more about japanese classic literature. All things cons ...more
Chim Cụt
Mar 19, 2017 Chim Cụt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TIỆT TÁC CHẾT TIỆT

Tui đọc dở (vài trang) cuốn này trước nhất trong các cuốn của Soseki. Sau đó vì quá bận rộn chuyện trên Gác với lại sau đó nữa làm người tốt tặng sách cho bạn, tui chuyển sang đọc (cũng lại vài trang) cuốn Ngày 210 nhân bữa lê la ở hiệu sách. Ác cái là cũng chưa xong thì phải về, lần sau tính tiếp tục thì ngẩn tò te, ơ bán hết rồi à. Vào một ngày chả nhớ thời tiết thế nào, tui quyết tâm đọc tiệt tác này nên xách mông lên thư viện.

Thật sự là quyết tâm luôn!

Quyết tâm đọc cho bằng
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Ana
Jan 19, 2017 Ana rated it really liked it
Terminado “Soy un Gato” de Natsume Souseki

Que sensación extraña la de terminar un libro que transcurrió como quien mira un slice of life… no tiene la clásica tonalidad de los libros en los que transcurre x cosa y tiene un desenlace a tal problema.

Este libro a través de la mirada de un gato nos muestra un pequeño mundo en el comienzo del 1900 en Japón (era Meiji), el gato termina en la casa de un maestro (de secundaria por lo que se entiende), un tipo huraño, se queja de todo, es feo, y encima ma
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Sebarashii
Jul 14, 2009 Sebarashii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Am A Cat is a book that I can read over and over and over again wiothout getting bored.

In turns humorous, literate and brilliantly ahead of it's time, the original Japanese is translated extremely well by the team and the humour and comical restraint of the Japanese original text is expertly done, nonchalantly doing the job of making a good book open to a deservedly wider audience.

The book does go on a bit at times, but that is perfectly in keeping with the central conceit of observing and an
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Hisuin
Sep 14, 2010 Hisuin rated it it was amazing
Recomendadísimo :)
Cuenta la vida de un gato en casa de un maestro japonés... desde el punto de vista del gato, claro está. Las reflexiones gatunas y humanas que va exponiendo son geniales. Además, tiene muchas situaciones desternillantes, y otras tantas muy interesantes para pensar sobre ellas.
Es un libro para leerlo con calma y disfrutarlo a ratos (si te lo intentas leer del tirón sólo cogerás un empacho), y desde luego, para mí ha sido una de las mejores lecturas de este año.
Eliana Rivero
May 14, 2017 Eliana Rivero rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, popsugar2017
Reading Challenge Pop Sugar 2017
10. Un libro con un gato en la portada
21. Un libro desde una perspectiva no humana


Siento que literalmente tardé años leyendo esta novela. Se me hizo pesadísimo, a pesar de que el lenguaje y la estructura son sencillos. La premisa es muy buena, pero fue demasiado. Le sobran páginas, situaciones y divagaciones.

Soy un gato es la historia de un gato, sin nombre, que llega a vivir a la casa del maestro Kushami (ya ni recuerdo cómo llegó allí). Desde ese lugar se relac
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John Pappas
Mar 10, 2013 John Pappas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any flaws this comic novel has have to do with pacing, and structure (and this is largely due to how the tale was originally conceived and eventually published) -- the characters are used brilliantly to expose the foibles of a schoolteacher, his friends and neighbors in Meiji era Japan. Seen through the eyes of a curmudgeonly cat, as these these characters wrestle with the changing times and increasing Western influence, they struggle to discover what is of enduring value. Their adventures in se ...more
秋と日本
Jun 10, 2017 秋と日本 rated it really liked it
Vaya traumita con el final. No me lo esperaba :(
Kenia Kenny
Mar 21, 2017 Kenia Kenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
perché è finito cosììììììììììììììììììììììì tuttavia lo comprendo non poteva finire diversamente. Ho riso tantissimo, ma mi ha dato tantissimo, attuale come ben piazzato nel suo tempo. Per me Soseki è e resta IL migliore del suo secolo.
Maria Beltrami
Solo un gatto può essere così curioso, scanzonato, acuto e imprevedibile nello scandagliare e descrivere l'incoerenza, la boria e la saccenza umane.
Siamo nel giappone moderno, e il gatto si destreggia tra un padrone dispeptico e nevrotico, la sua famiglia scalcinata e gli amici, ciascuno dei quali rappresenta una variante della stessa perfetta balordaggine.
Ma alla fine il gatto è un gatto, e, come spesso succede ai gatti, sarà la stua stessa curiosità a perderlo, eppure, come il Budda, troverà l
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Marco Volpe
Apr 04, 2013 Marco Volpe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Noioso, logorroico, privo di qualsiasi interesse sebbene l'idea del libro non era per niente male. Un gatto che racconta in chiave filosofica fatti ed episodi che avvengono all'interno della casa in cui vive.
Il problema è che qui di filosofia ce n'è troppa ed è pure giapponese. Inoltre, la filosofia felina lascia troppo spesso il passo ai dialoghi lenti, pesanti e assolutamente insignificanti dei protagonisti umani. Discorsi che, alla fine, non porteranno assolutamente a nulla.
Poteva essere ac
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Quang Khuê
May 31, 2016 Quang Khuê rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ở kiếp trước tôi mê cuốn này lắm!
César Carranza
Mar 09, 2017 César Carranza rated it really liked it
La premisa es interesante, comencé a leerlo con mucho interés, en algún momento, al inicio, me pareció un poco lento, pensé si de verdad era la sencilla vida de un gato y nada mas... pero se fue tornando interesante, el estilo es ligero, se conoce mucho de la vida de Japón en muchos aspectos, en realidad es muy buen libro.
Dioni (Bookie Mee)
Below is an old review of mine from 2009 (only for the first volume). Note for the first paragraph: I am now a total cat convert since the arrival of my furbaby at the beginning of 2016 :)

First published at: http://www.meexia.com/bookie/2009/12/...

I Am Cat is narrated by..., you guess it, a cat. I never have a cat (I'm a dog person), so I don't know the daily real behaviours of a cat. But I did find this cat interesting. I liked reading his daily life and observations of humans around him.

The ca
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Jie Hao
Oct 22, 2012 Jie Hao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
amazing and ridiculous in equal venture, this book possesses surprising foresight for something written in 1906. supposedly a satirical take on japanese society during the meiji period, some of the observations hold true for humankind as a whole. some of the ideas that intrigued me in the book:
Nobody at all, not even Alexander the Great or Napoleon, has ever felt satisfied with his or her conquests. Take a more homespun case. You meet a man, you take a scunner to him, you get into a quarrel, yo
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Andrada
Dec 27, 2012 Andrada rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese-books
I thought the concept of this book was great fun and, as a cat lover, decided to give it a try. However while Soseki’s self-important kitten has become a staple of Japanese culture for a reason and there are quite a few laughs to be had, ultimately it becomes a bit too long-winded. There were only so many of Waverhouse’s rambling nonsensical monologues I could stomach and there were definitely times when my patience was sorely tested, particularly in the second volume.

I know Soseki felt pressur
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Carola
Meh. My edition of this book only contained the first three chapters (as opposed to all eleven), and honestly if this had gone on much longer I probably would have rated it lower. I really enjoyed the first chapter (and Sōseki had in fact originally intended to leave it at that) but it went downhill from there.

I also wonder if there are editions out there that contain more footnotes? Mine happily stated in the introduction that the translators know what they are doing, and while I probably agree
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“Living as I do with human beings, the more that I observe them, the more I am forced to conclude that they are selfish.” 47 likes
“He is totally abandoned in the way he buys book after book, never to read a single one. I wouldn't mind if he used his head and bought in moderation, but no. Whenever the mood takes him, he ambles off to the biggest bookshop in the city and brings back home as many books as chance to catch his fancy. Then, at the end of the month, he adopts an attitude of complete detachment.” 29 likes
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